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Class IconMay 27 (Wed) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 1

Learn to find your way in the wilderness in this comprehensive two-night class. Topics include buying maps, how to read maps, how not to get lost, what to do if you do get lost, different kinds of compasses and how to use your compass. We'll discuss GPS devices, but our main focus will be how to use a map and compass so you're not trusting your navigation (and life) to something that takes batteries. If you have a compass, bring it to the class. If you don't have one, we will have an extra you can use and will show you what to look for when you purchase your own. The class is offered at the First United Methodist Church, Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway, Richardson, TX, Room 230.  Click here for directions to the location from Central Expressway. The class will start promptly at 6:30 PM and will finish at about 8:45 PM. The total fee for the two-night class is $40 or $35 for Sierra Club members. Handouts are included. Bring a pen or pencil for taking notes and for navigation practice exercises.  A reservation isn't necessary. Just show up. Part 2 of the class is the following night (Thursday, May 28), same time and place. A day hike with a class instructor will be offered to class participants who want to practice their new skills. Contact: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

Class IconMay 28 (Thu) Wilderness Navigation Class - Part 2

Part 2 of the two-night Wilderness Navigation class is tonight at the same place - First United Methodist Church, Richardson, 503 N. Central Expressway, Room 230.  Click here for directions to the location.  The class starts at 6:30 PM and will finish at about 8:45. The fee for the two-night class is $40, $35 for Sierra Club members. Bring a pen or pencil.  Contact: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446

Service Outing IconJun 13 (Sat) White Rock Lake Clean-up

Walk and talk while picking up trash and recyclables at the Sierra Club's adopted section of White Rock Lake Park. Meet at 8:15 AM this second Saturday of the month at the Love of the Lake office, northeast corner of Garland Road and Buckner Boulevard.  Look for the crowd drinking free juice and coffee.  Gloves, trash bags, etc. will be provided. Our area includes one of the wonderful prairie restoration areas, so there are always birds and wildflowers to enjoy.  Brunch afterwards.  Trip rated: Easy. Leader: Carol Nash Send Email 214-824-0244

Service Outing IconJun 20 (Sat) Trail Maintenance at Cedar Ridge Preserve

Hello everyone.  We look forward to seeing new smiling faces and hard workers to help out on the trails and flora and fauna. We meet at 9 AM at the Preserve and will work and walk until about noon.  It's fun and beautiful and we have ordered excellent weather to help upgrade some of the beautiful walking trails just south of Dallas. The address is 7171 Mountain Creek Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75249. It's a great morning workout, and the scenery is exceptional. No tools are required (maybe gloves), just show up and be ready to lend a hand or two. Bring some water, for sure. Please see the Cedar Ridge Preserve website for directions and info. If you want to carpool down there, just text me or email me.

  Trip rated: Easy. Coordinator: Ginger Bradley Send Email 469-223-7902

Backpack IconJun 21-26 (Sun-Fri) Beginner Long Backpack Trip In Columbine-Hondo Wilderness, New Mexico

(replace this text with a short description of the image)A backpack trip several days in length is a very different experience from a weekend trip.  But entirely too many people restrict themselves to just weekend trips.  Besides taking a leisurely trip to enjoy a newly designated Wilderness area we will try to introduce some new people to the pleasures of a longer trip. 

Our first day we will hike a short distance and spend the night to give ourselves time to adjust to altitude at 8,400 feet.  The second day we’ll travel another 3 ½ miles or so (with a climb of about 1,600 feet) to our base camp in a nice meadow at 10,000 feet.  From there we will have 3 days to dayhike, explore one of my favorite areas, and just enjoy being there.  There are two small lakes (one off-trail) that we can reach and, weather permitting, we might hike to the top of 12,115 foot Lobo Peak.  We’ll spend a total of 6 days and 5 nights in the Wilderness. 

If you want to see what a longer trip is like or just want to enjoy a leisurely trip in a pretty area, come along!  If you want to see how many miles you can cover in 6 days this isn’t the trip for you. Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Leaders: Bill Greer Send Email 972-247-0446 and Sue Greer Send Email

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Meeting IconJul 15 (Wed) Outings Committee Meeting

The Outings committee meets tonight for a review of lessons learned on recent trips, planning for upcoming trips and other business as warranted.  Time is 6:30.  Place is yet to be determined.   Organizer: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Backpack IconJul 19-24 (Sun-Fri) Backpacking in the San Juan Mountains, Colorado

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Plan now for five days of backpacking in the breathtaking San Juan Mountains, on or below the Continental Divide in the Weminuche and South San Juan Wilderness Areas. Allow time on both ends of the outing for travel. We'll use private cars and car pools to reach multiple trailheads in Colorado, north of Chama, New Mexico. Backpackers will gather in Chama for lunch on Sunday, July 19. There's no fee for this trip. Five backpacking itineraries are offered, rated moderately strenuous or strenuous due to elevations from 8,400 to 13,122 feet. See details and registration forms by clicking here.  Trip rated: Moderately Strenuous. Coordinator: Mark Stein Send Email 214-526-3733

Class IconAug 15 (Sat) Backpacking 101

Circle this date for Dallas Sierra Club's popular class geared to novice and intermediate backpackers.  Trip leaders with decades of backpacking experiences will present a comprehensive and unbiased overview of what to bring and leave at home for a backpacking trip (packs, boots, tents, sleeping gear, food, clothes, etc.) and offer personal tips for making your backpacking experience comfortable and fun.  The class location will be announced later.  Class price is $40, $35 for Sierra Club members.   Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email 214-368-2306

Bus Trip IconSep 4-8 (Fri-Tue) Red, Gold, Wild and Wheeler, New Mexico

Backpack in the Questa Ranger District of Carson National Forest or hike and backpack in the Wild Rivers Area of Rio Grande del Norte National Monument.  We’ve chartered a bus so you can enjoy these destinations this Labor Day weekend. (replace this text with a short description of the image)Trip options include hiking and camping beside the rapids of the Rio Grande, backpacking to the high meadows of Sawmill Park in the Wheeler Peak Wilderness, hiking to the summit of Wheeler Peak (New Mexico's highest) from a loop route following forks of the Red River, trekking from Taos Ski Valley to massive Gold Hill from a base camp at Bull-of-the-Woods Pasture and backpacking from BOTWP onto scenic Hondo Ridge to descend to the green Columbine Basin. This New Mexico trip will depart Friday night at 6:30 PM and return by 6:30 AM on Tuesday. For complete information about this trip, including price and sign-up instructions, please read this PDF file. Contact: Steve Fleischman Send Email 972-689-7317

Car Camp IconOct 16-18 (Fri-Sun) Beavers Bend State Park Annual Fall Gathering, Oklahoma

Mark your calendar now so you can join us for this relaxing weekend among the fall beauty of southeastern Oklahoma. Choice of rustic cabin (shelter with roof and walls) or tent camping. We'll offer several hike options ranging from a one mile nature trail for those just wanting to enjoy the view, to a 7 mile roller-coaster trail up and down and over the skyline ridges. The park also offers many family-friendly activities you can enjoy. Check back in early August for more details and reservation information. This event has sold out in the past so once reservations open, don't wait too long to sign up! Trip rated: Kid Friendly. Coordinator: Liz Wheelan Send Email

Bus Trip IconOct 28-Nov 1 (Wed-Sun) Backpack at Buffalo National River, Arkansas

(replace this text with a short description of the image)Circle these dates for an autumn excursion to scenic Buffalo National River in northern Arkansas, an area managed by the U.S. National Park Service. Backpack on trails parallel to a river fringed by high, sometimes dramatic, limestone bluffs. This park is more than scenery. The history of a hardscrabble valley is preserved through historic structures and cemeteries connected by trails.  Bus transportation allows us to explore linear segments along the river and its side hollows (no out-and-back routes) and the dry fall season allows hiking across the river via shallow fords.   This trip will depart near 9 p.m. on a Wednesday night and return at about the same time on Sunday night.   Bus trip leader: Bill Beach Send Email 214-662-3224

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